National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C.
Wildlife ecology, conservation and management in East Africa
Stable isotope ecology can serve many purposes beyond improving our understanding of the fossil record. Isotopes can illuminate the ecology of under-studied animals, how animal dietary preferences change with changing environments, where certain animals go when they migrate out of protected areas (such as elephants), and the ability to source poached or seized animal products. Starting in 2013, I began working with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to establish a program of long-term sampling of modern biological material in Uganda in order to address these issues and assist UWA in creating better wildlife management strategies and wildlife forensics.
Stable isotopes across systems
As the manager of the stable isotope facility, I have assisted in and been involved with a wide variety of projects with visiting researchers, including laser-ablation IRMS of both fossil and modern rodents (and other mammalian teeth), analysis of a variety of animal tissues (including hair, breath, feces, organs, blood and digesta), plants, soils and soil carbonates.